What a fantastic and tough win by our square-gaiter Irish Whisper, raced by Murray Notman, in the Group 3 Central Murray Credit Union Cobram Trotters Cup on Sunday.
"Irish" had the unenviable task off a 20 metre handicap over the 2678 metre journey but pulled out plenty when the whips were cracking and drew away in the final stages, scoring by two metres over Lightning Calder.
The $20,600 Trotters Cup was his second feature win in the past few months, having previously won the St Arnaud Cup.
Irish's form on paper did not reflect his performances of late -- he has been competing at the top level against some of Victoria's best trotters.
His dedicated band of followers were rewarded for their loyalty, with the eight-year-old paying $14.80 on the Victorian TAB for the Cobram Cup win! Well done gang!
Tony was pleased with Irish Whisper's trackwork in recent weeks and expected him to run a big race.
"We've changed his trackwork routine a little and he felt strong going into the race."
Driver Damian Wilson handled some tricky moments early in the race, navigating Irish Whisper neatly between several gallopers before landing a handy position in the one-out line. In the latter stages he ducked in behind the bold frontrunner My High Expectations (David Aiken) to save ground before finding a way out on the home corner and finding the line strongly.